case·​load | \ ˈkās-ˌlōd \

Definition of caseload

: the number of cases handled (as by a court or clinic) usually in a particular period

Examples of caseload in a Sentence

We have a heavy caseload today.

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In the meantime, class sizes have ballooned to as many as 35 students in one class and special-education teachers have caseloads of more than 40 students. Lily Altavena, azcentral, "Principal: Why does a 'D' school face 'the same consequence as a sex offender'?," 29 May 2018 Sometimes, this directly increased judges’ caseload. Dara Lind, Vox, "Jeff Sessions’s carefully built deportation machine will outlast him," 8 Nov. 2018 Sam Brooks, an elder law attorney at Community Legal Services of Philadelphia, said other professional guardians at times carry caseloads as large or larger. Julie Shaw,, "She went to prison for fraud and bad checks. Then courts around Philly let her manage the finances for elderly residents," 30 Mar. 2018 Judge Drain, 61 years old, has been on the bench since 2002, and his caseload has been growing. Peg Brickley, WSJ, "Storied Chicago Retailer Sears Picks a Court, and a Judge, in New York," 29 Oct. 2018 Some hedge funds are considering providing law firms with loans to buy large mass-tort cases from rival firms in order to bulk up their caseloads, according to a person involved in negotiating one such deal. Matthew Goldstein, New York Times, "Hedge Funds Look to Profit From Personal-Injury Suits," 25 June 2018 But because the children’s lawyers are overwhelmed by their caseloads, responses can take days or weeks. Kevin Sieff, Washington Post, "The chaotic effort to reunite immigrant parents with their separated kids," 21 June 2018 They were put on a waiting list by the Orleans Public Defenders office, which cited excessive caseloads and budgetary problems. Rebecca Santana, Fox News, "ACLU appeals over New Orleans public defender wait lists," 6 Aug. 2018 Matt Stone, Courier Journal State social workers, enduring low pay, high caseloads and constant turnover, will be up for pay raises in the coming budget year as well as new equipment to replace outdated cellphones and computers. Deborah Yetter, The Courier-Journal, "The big winners of Kentucky's 2018 legislative session: Social workers and children," 17 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of caseload

1923, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of caseload

: the number or amount of cases handled by a court, social worker, etc.


case·​load | \ ˈkās-ˌlōd \

Medical Definition of caseload

: the number of cases handled (as by a clinic) in a particular period


case·​load | \ ˈkās-ˌlōd \

Legal Definition of caseload

: the number of cases handled (as by a court or a lawyer) often in a particular period

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